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Back-to-school tools for military families
August 11, 2015
Many resources are available through the Military OneSource to assist military families at back-to-school time.

DoD sends blended military retirement proposal to Congress
June 16, 2015
The 142nd Fighter Wing commander Col. Rick Wedan presents the Certificate of Retirement to Lt. Col. Steve Beauchamp during his retirement ceremony in Portland, Oregon, in 2013. A new military retirement proposal has been presented to Congress.

First employment symposium held for National Guard spouses
May 11, 2015
The National Guard Bureau recently hosted a jobs event for Guard spouses. In this photo, an Army Reserve Soldier speaking with a recruiter during the   Hire Our Heroes job fair the New York National Guard hosted at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

Month of the Military Child in April recognizes young family members
April 1, 2015
Military families and friends joined the Michigan National Guard Family Programs staff and the Easter bunny for an egg hunt at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, Michigan, on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986 designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child" as a way to recognize contributions that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our states and nation.

Guard family support programs facing new challenges
March 31, 2015
Robin Gorsuch, the state youth coordinator for the Wyoming National Guard, far right, speaks with a youth program participant, while other children of military families go fishing at a youth camp, August 2011. Although deployments have gone down, family program support officials don’t see a correlated decrease in the need for services.

Communities band together to support National Guard families
March 26, 2015
Snow shoveling, such as this shown in Massachusetts last month, was just one way someone in a community helped a National Guard family in a time of need. Community-based family service programs are an important component in a Citizen-Soldier's family.

Army National Guard piloting teen resiliency programs
March 10, 2015
Jameson McCaffrie, left, talks with Emma Scholtes and other members of the Army National Guard Teen Panel during the panel’s quarterly meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2014. At the state level, teen panelists like McCaffrie are participating in a teen resiliency pilot program in 19 states.

Defense Department salutes Guard, Reserve Family Readiness Programs
March 2, 2015
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Richard O. Wightman, Jr. presents the 2014 Reserve Family Readiness Awards to the top units in the seven Reserve and National Guard services at a ceremony Feb. 27, 2015 at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.  The Reserve Family Readiness Award is given to the unit in each of the seven services that demonstrates excellence in engaging with and supporting their members' families.

Defense Department launches child care website to ease relocation concerns
January 29, 2015
Department of Defense officials are launching a new child care website designed to help military families who relocate.

Army training keeps Soldiers resilient during holidays, all year
December 18, 2014
Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom are served Christmas dinner from their command group at Bagram Airfield, Dec. 25, 2012. Maintaining communication with family and battle buddies is important in helping a Soldier stay resilient and connected when deployed, said a master resilience trainer.